Updates for New Students

Preparing for your first year at Bates is a lot of fun, but it takes some planning, too. To help you keep track of all the information you’ll receive from us via email, you can check this page for the latest updates.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Equity, Inclusion and Intentional Engagement

By Dr. Noelle Chaddock, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and Julisa De Los Santos, Director & Associate Dean of the Office of Intercultural Education on August 22, 2019

Dear Members of the Class of 2023,

The Offices of Equity and Inclusion and Intercultural Education are excited to welcome you all to Bates College. Your arrival is one of the highpoints of our year. We are delighted to already be working with some of you who are in our Bobcat First! program. We will welcome our international students on Friday, and the rest of you will arrive on Monday! Over the next two weeks, we will have the opportunity to engage with all of you in some capacity. Please know that our time and attention are focused on your transition into a positive first-semester experience here at Bates.

You may already know that you are among the most diverse incoming first-year classes in Bates history. This is not only an exciting moment, but a terribly important one. This is the moment when we get to expand how we understand each other and how we impact the world. Our offices are prepared to support you as you explore a new space, meet new people, encounter new cultures, and embrace your new community. As you know, college is a huge undertaking. Everyone will experience the discomfort of newness, new people, new ways of being, and new expectations. You will all learn about yourselves in relationship to each other. Value the relationships that seem difficult as much as those that come easily. We are here to help.

There is much to think about as you enter the college, and specifically Bates College. We would like you to take a few moments to think about who you want to BE while you are here. You have the opportunity to participate in so many opportunities in the next four years. When you make those decisions, we invite you to challenge yourself. Pick things that you have not done before. Choose people who challenge you to critically think about why and how you engage those around you. Be willing to be uncomfortable around topics that are unfamiliar to you and to how you understand yourself. Explore and be curious about cultures, identities and lived experiences that are different than yours. Intentionally engage conversations about difference and your impact on other people.

Our overarching goal for our campus community is for each of us to actively cultivate an environment where everyone feels wanted, welcomed, physically safe, valued and appreciated. We are here to help assure that students have the tools to fulfill that goal. We also look to you, as future leaders at Bates, to do the work necessary to contribute to a college experience where everyone knows they belong. Bates College is a doorway to the world. We invite you to enter with excitement and openness. Your journey here is limitless.

Again, welcome… Bring your difference… each of you will make Bates College a better place!

Dr. Noelle Chaddock, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion

Julisa De Los Santos, Director & Associate Dean of the Office of Intercultural Education

AESOP Trip Packing List Letter

By AESOP Head Coordinators on August 8, 2019

Hello, Bates ’23!

Earlier this week, we sent out your AESOP trip placements.  We have many exciting trips planned, and your AESOP Trip Leaders can’t wait to meet you.

You should refer to the packing list when thinking about what you will need for your trip. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at aesop@bates.edu.

Can’t wait to see you soon for Orientation and AESOP 2019!!!


Erni, Grace, and Peter
AESOP Head Coordinators

Student Employment at Bates

By Student Employment Office on July 30, 2019

Welcome to Bates,

My name is Nolwenn Robison, Class of 2020, and I am the Student Employment Office Coordinator. Have you started thinking about student employment on-campus? Here is a starter guide with some things you need to know.

All hiring for on-campus jobs is done through Handshakeour student employment platformFirst Years receive access to Handshake on August 1st. If interested in student employment opportunities, you can log into Handshake with your Bates username and password (the same as used for your Bates email). If you have any questions about Handshake specifically, please contact purposefulwork@bates.edu

To be eligible for student employment, you will need to bring the following Original Documents with you.

When considering on-campus employment, our step-by-step walk through of the student employment process may be helpful.

Please visit the Student Employment Office website for more information about student employment. Here you can find an FAQ and Federal Work Study Information.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at seo@bates.edu.

We are excited to see you on campus this fall!

Nolwenn Robison
Student Employment Office Coordinator  

Why is Taking a Language Course In Your First Semester Important?

By Blake Reilly, Assistant Dean of Students on July 8, 2019

The benefits of studying another language are numerous and varied. Language study improves analytical skills and focus, increases cognitive abilities across subjects, and improves mental flexibility and creativity. In today’s global market, the ability to communicate in more than one language is an asset that leads to increased career possibilities and richer life experiences. Finally, the study of a world language other than English is a central component in a liberal arts education – it leads to a fuller appreciation and understanding of one’s own language and culture as well as those of others, and increases general awareness and empathy for individuals and communities across the globe.

With class advising and registration just around the corner, we hope you consider taking a language course in your first semester.  As a reminder, optional academic advising will be available from July 8th – July 12th and July 15th – July 19th.  Course registration will begin on July 15th and end on July 19th.  To learn more about why taking a language course in your first semester is important, please click here.

Registration for Fall Courses and Academic Advising

By The Registrar's Office on July 2, 2019

Dear Class of 2023,

Welcome to Bates!

Fall course registration is accessed through the Garnet Gateway between July 15th and July 19th. Within this time frame, you will enter your preferred fall courses and a few alternates into the registration system. You can find more information about the registration process by visiting the Registration Overview website. The staff in the Registrar’s Office is happy to assist with registration questions. Contact us Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) at (207) 755-5949 or via email at registrar@bates.edu.

Summer Faculty Advisors will also be available to talk through course planning and questions the weeks of July 8th – 12th and July 15th – 19th (during registration). Their schedule of availability can be found on the Academic advising and Registration website for new students.

Registration Timetable

1) Request your preferred courses and alternates
July 15th, 10:00 a.m. EST – July 19th, 4:00 p.m. EST
Log in any time during the registration period, and select your preferred 4 courses and at least 4 alternate courses, including multiple FYS alternates.

Choosing a First-Year Seminar
Enrolling in a first-year seminar is strongly encouraged. You will have the opportunity to take a small-sized course designed for first-year students, and the instructor of your seminar will also be your academic advisor. First-Year Seminars also satisfy your first-year writing, [W1], requirement.

2) Review Your Fall Schedule
Beginning August 15th 
Between July 22nd and August 15th, the Registrar’s Office will assign students into the courses they requested, randomly assigning students into the spaces in limited courses. You may then view the results of randomization, and see which courses you gained entrance to beginning August 15th by logging into the Garnet Gateway and looking at your “View Course Schedule” page. This shows your current schedule after limited courses have been randomly filled. If you are happy with this schedule, you are done!

3) Adjusting your Schedule (Add/Drop)
September 3rd, 7:00 a.m. – September 17th
If you need to make changes to your schedule or add additional courses, Add/Drop is on a first-come, first-served basis and will open for all students on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:00 a.m. You will have a chance to meet with your advisor during Orientation prior to add/drop opening.

The Registrar and Academic Systems Office

Bonner Leader Program

By Ellen Alcorn, Director, Bonner Leader Program on June 21, 2019

Hello Class of 2023,

Congratulations on your acceptance to Bates College! In addition to joining the Bates community, you are about to become a resident of Lewiston-Auburn, a wonderful place with many assets and opportunities for community engagement.

Here at the Harward Center, we love helping students think about how they’d like to engage with their new home. We support a variety of opportunities, including community work-study jobs, volunteer positions, summer fellowships, paid student civic leadership programs, and more.

Currently, I am writing to let you know about the Bonner Leader Program. We are currently accepting incoming first-year students into this program.

The Bonner Leader Program is an exciting opportunity for students with a passion for community service and civic engagement. Bonner Leaders spend four hours a week working with community partners in the Lewiston/Auburn area. In exchange for participating in all aspects of this program, Bonner Leaders receive a stipend each semester. Current Bonner Leaders participate in a wide range of activities, such as tutoring and mentoring in local schools and after-school programs, gardening, working with adult refugees, and participating in programming for senior citizens.

In addition to working in the community, Bonner Leaders spend about two hours a week together as a group, reflecting on experiences, participating in training to develop personal and leadership skills, and having fun.

I hope that you will strongly consider applying for this program. The application deadline is Monday, July 22nd, at 4:30pm. For more information about the Bonner Leader Program, including a brief video and a link to the application, please visit our website.

One point to consider prior to applying is that students who do best in the program are those able to commit adequate time to it. If you do not have the time to be a Bonner Leader, we have many other ways for you to engage within Lewiston/Auburn!

Regardless of whether or not you become a Bonner Leader, we are all excited to meet you in the fall! Please be on the lookout for the Harward Center and its numerous programs and opportunities next year.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.


Ellen Alcorn
Director, Bonner Leader Program

Class of 2023 Welcome Email and Common Read Documentary

By Blake Reilly, Assistant Dean of Students on June 11, 2019

Hello Class of 2023,

On behalf of everyone at the College, I would like to welcome you to Bates and look forward to the Opening Day of Orientation (Move in Day) on Monday, August 26th.

As you make plans throughout the summer for arriving on campus, please regularly review the Orientation Website.  Here you will find information regarding the Orientation schedule and a pre-arrival checklist that reflects all items that must be completed in the Garnet Gateway prior to your arrival. Your housing, AESOP, and health forms are due prior to July 1st, and it is important to ensure that all paperwork is submitted on time.  In addition, when you have a moment, please read the welcome letter to the Class of 2023 from the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Malcolm Hill.

Announcing Convocation 2019: Dolores Huerta 

As you begin to plan for your early academic experiences, we are excited to announce Dolores Huerta as the 2019 Convocation speaker. Convocation marks the opening of the academic year, bringing faculty, staff, and students together to join in intellectual discourse and reflection.

Huerta transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union with Cesar Chavez.  Receiving numerous awards for immigrants’, women’s, and workers’ rights, Huerta was the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993).

Historians and the news media have often overlooked Huerta’s accomplishments and treat Cesar Chavez as the sole leader of the U.S. labor movement and the first farm workers’ union. Missing from this story is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most effective and noteworthy feminists of the twentieth century.

Like so many powerful, women’s advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were – and still are – largely undervalued. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own relentless work ethic was constantly under attack. Dolores remains as steadfast in ongoing social justice reform as ever at the age of 87.

Common Read Documentary: Dolores 
With Dolores Huerta’s address at Convocation 2019, the first-year class and others in the Bates community join in an exploration of the 2019 Common Read Documentary, Dolores, allowing us to learn more about a social justice icon.

Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary challenges the incomplete, one-sided history and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice. Interweaving archival footage with interviews from Dolores and her contemporaries, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.

We ask that you view this selection prior to your arrival in August.  We have provided streaming access to Dolores for free to you through using your Bates credentials.  As you view the documentary, consider all the viewpoints presented, and reflect upon your own life experiences as you prepare to embark upon the intellectual and personal journey that awaits you at Bates. We can’t wait to see you and start the conversation. In the meantime, enjoy the film and your summer.

Warm regards,

Margaret Imber, Associate Dean of the Faculty

Blake Reilly, Assistant Dean of Students